09-18-2014, 02:50 PM
CHENNAI: Madras University has appointed a Sanskrit scholar teaching in the Department of Divyaprabandham Tamil Vaishnava, although many candidates qualified in the subject has been applied for the post.
Divyaprabandham is a compilation of verses written by the Tamil people Vaishnaviite. Appointment rocked the University syndicate meeting on Monday after more than half a dozen members cornered Vice Chancellor R Thandavan demanded an explanation.
Four members of the syndicate Rohm delayed in writing citing that open eligibility norms flouted in posting recruitment assistant professor in the Department of Vaishnava.
Thandavan reportedly claimed that the rules are followed and that he was ready to face the legal consequences if the matter is taken to court.
"A lot of candidates with a MA and PhD in Vaishnava with specialization in Divyaprabandham has been applied. However, candidates with a MA and PhD in Sanskrit and associated with Vaishnava Divyaprabandham selected," said an official who attended the meeting.
The members also alleged at the meeting that the election was completed in May but the name of the selected candidates for the Department of Vaishnava is not delayed syndicate meeting held in May, June, July and August.
"The four-month delay in making a formal pledge before the syndicate still could not be clarified," said a source.
Established in 1986, the Department of Vaishnava has only one faculty to teach an MA in comparative religion and philosophy (with specialization in Divyaprabandham), MA Divyaprabandham, and doctoral and M Phil in Vaishnava. Thandavan is not available for comment.